February 22, 2004 Subject:
Where's Bruce Springsteen when you need him?
This film is essentially split in two, the first part is a exploration of the slums of Philadelphia, and the second is this weird kitchen sink drama of a mother and child living in it.
The Slums OF Philadelphia part is really quite engrossing, as it's really quite shocking to see such buildings in disrepair. It's hard to believe this was shot in Philadelphia in 1948, where it looks like Europe in 1942.
The Kitchen sink part is a pretty wild, sloppily edited patchwork of a story featuring a woman and her young child. The film reminds me of, of all things, earlt russian cinema (I am not REALLY too sure if this is intentional) lol. Actually, to be even MORE specific, the whole thing reminds me of early Guy Maddin...